THAILAND: Chasing visions

Banphaeo Hospital has the country’s largest mobile cataract surgery unit, performing operations in under 10 minutes and changing lives across the borders

Wearing a patient name tag around her neck, Daw Myin waited inside Mawlamyine General Hospital in Mon State, Myanmar, to get surgery on her cataracts. Her eyes were slightly cloudy. Her white hair was was covered with a green net. “I’m scared,” said the 78-year-old solemnly. Cataract is the number one cause of blindness in the global population. Daw Myin has suffered from cataracts for over a year — a condition which left her with blurred vision and impaired sight. She was barely able to see in both eyes.

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